Rohatsu Sesshin - Men's Retreat in Torrey, Utah

Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei

December 3 - 10, 2017

Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey

Torrey, Utah

 


Welcome to Two Arrows Zen Rohatsu Sesshin

Men's Retreat in Torrey

 

Two Arrows Zen first men's retreat in our new Zendo in Torrey, Utah will be led by Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei. This retreat is offered as an opportunity for men to experience the strong forms, rich ritual, and deep silence that have been refined through centuries of Zen practice. All male-identified practitioners of any sexual orientation are welcome. 

 

Sesshin is an intensive meditation retreat dedicated to the practice of zazen. Even when not in the meditation hall, participants endeavor to maintain deep quiet and full-hearted attention at all times -- in all forms of practice. 

 

The Rohatsu Sesshin begins on Sunday, December 3 and ends Sunday, December 10. This intimate gathering is limited to 24 participants, including the Sensei and staff. 

A MESSAGE FROM THE MEN OF TWO ARROWS ZEN ABOUT "BROHATSU"

Dear Sangha Brothers,
 
We have a unique opportunity ahead of us. 
 
This will be the first Rohatsu held in our new Zendo in Torrey and for the first, and perhaps only time, Rohatsu will be held as an all men’s “Brohatsu.” This Brohatsu is taking place during a political and cultural moment that is clearly calling for men who are powerful and consciously clarified in their power, men who can be trustable instruments of both justice and compassion.
 
This Brohatsu is answering that call and will be led by Mugaku Sensei. We will still our minds through an unwavering commitment to discipline and noble silence, and temper our being in the impregnable, chill and dark silence of Torrey winter for Awareness to roar through us. 
 
If you want to awaken male culture, then you must awaken all of yourself. And if you want to awaken all of yourself, then take the next step and join us for this Brohatsu. Right now, your self-transformation is one of the greatest gifts you can offer this world. 
 
We hope you can join us in the beautiful and soul-honing lands of Torrey, in our new Zendo, to practice brotherhood as sangha, experience the depths of stillness, and to give ourselves over to be transformed for the benefit of all sentient beings. 
 
In brotherhood,
Brian Butsudo Turner, Boulder, Colorado 
Mike Ninzan Gibson, Austin, Texas
Gabe Kaigen Wilson, Salt Lake City, Utah

REGISTRATION

 

To register for Rohatsu Sesshin you need to be able to participate in all activities and agree to attend all sessions. Prior participation in two or more Days of Zen or at least one multi-day meditation retreat is recommended preparation.

 

If you have never participated in a Zen Sesshin or other multi-day meditation retreat, please email using the CONTACT FORM with your phone number and the best time to call. We will be in touch promptly to discuss your registration.

 

ROHATSU SESSHIN MEN'S RETREAT REGISTRATION

IS OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 26, 2017

Registration includes meals. Lodging is booked separately.

 

 

Full Week Registration, Sunday 12/3, 6:00 pm to Sunday 12/10, noon. 

$795 Two Arrows Zen Members 

$895 General Admission

 

Part Week Registration - Wednesday 12/6, 6:00 pm to Sunday 12/10, noon.

$495 Two Arrows Zen Members

$555 General Admission

Part-week registration is an option starting with any day of the week, with the agreement that you stay through the close on Sunday. For a customized registration link, please email admin(at)twoarrowszen.org.

 

WORK TRADE

Two Arrows Zen members may request work-trade for partial tuition remission by offering service to the community in exchange for extra work assignments. Work-trade includes work shifts during the retreat and arrival by noon on Sunday, Dec. 3 to assist with preparations, and late departure on Sunday, Dec. 10 to help with closing the facilities. 

 

Email Julia Kanro Sati  (admin(at)twoarrowszen.org) to request a work-trade agreement.


Making Travel Plans

 

ARRIVAL

Torrey is 215 miles from Salt Lake City which is the nearest airport. Plan for 4 hours of travel time from SLC to Torrey. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation. We will put registrants in touch with each other to facilitate ride shares.

 

The retreat officially opens with dinner on Sunday at 6:00 pm. All monks, work-trade registrants, staff, and those in service positions (ino, doan, mukugyo, jishas) are asked to arrive by noon for lunch followed by a work and service practice period. 

 

CLICK HERE for the retreat schedule on opening day and through the week.

 

DEPARTURE

Please plan your travel to depart after 12:00 pm on Sunday.

 


Lodging

 

Two Arrows Zen Sangha House.

Two Arrows Zen maintains a beautiful Sangha House in Torrey, a short drive from the Zendo. Shared dormitory-style lodging is $30/night. There is one room with queen bed and full bedding for $50/night. Located in the Sleeping Rainbow area just north of Torrey, you will enjoy an exquisite view of the red rock cliffs and a comfortable, spacious living space, including a fully equipped kitchen and two full baths with tubs. Sheets, towels, and Internet service are included. The Sangha House is located about 3 miles from the Zendo and is a lovely bike ride, a 30-minute walk, or a 5-minute drive. A maximum of 10 spaces are available.

 

You can reserve and pay for your space in the Sangha House when you register for the retreat.

 

Other local hotels and cabins are open for reservations in the off-season. Check Trip Advisor or similar travel sites for information and recommendations. AirBnB and VRBO are also good sources for winter lodging in Torrey and nearby locations in Wayne County.

Please note that Sand Creek RV & Camp is not open in December.


Meals

You will enjoy three healthy and nutritious meals a day during the retreat. Meals are largely vegetarian, with some other protein options at lunch. 

 

About Oryoki

The practice of Oryoki during sesshin is an opportunity to deepen our practice. By paying careful attention to the way in which we take our meals, the true relationship between ourselves and our food is made clear. Emphasizing each simple activity, we continually learn our way. (Click here for more information about Oryoki.)

During Rohatsu Sesshin breakfast and dinner are Oryoki meals served in the zendo. Oryoki is a part of our practice together, and all retreatants participate. Oryoki sets are available for rental during the retreat.

 

Special Diet Requests

Main courses are vegetarian-based with other protein options available. Everyone is served the same meal. If you have medically necessary dietary restrictions, such as strictly gluten-free or lactose-free, we ask that you bring your own food to supplement. We will have gluten-free cereals available at breakfast and a limited supply of other gluten-free items at other meals.

 

A medically diagnosed allergy to seafood or nuts requires that you inform us, and maintain your own rescue medication, such as an epi-pen.

 

We regret we are not able to prepare special meals for individuals or provide refrigerated food storage in the kitchen. 


Two Arrows Zen Scholarship Fund

     

One of the commitments of our practice is that everyone with a sincere desire and the ability to practice is welcome, and no one is excluded on the basis of financial resources. We practice in order to grow in generously receiving and generously giving.

Please consider making a donation in any amount when you register to help support our scholarship practitioners attending Rohatsu Sesshin.  All contributions will be applied directly to support all categories of participation, and to encourage diversity in our community of practice.


Retreat Schedule

 

Opening Day Schedule: Sunday, December 3

All monks, staff, work-trade registrants, and those in service positions arrive by noon. 

 

Noon        Lunch

1 - 4 pm   Retreat Prep and Service Practice

4 - 6 pm   Check-in (all retreatants)

6:00 pm   Dinner & Orientation

7:15 pm   Zazen 

8:30 pm   Close


Typical Daily Schedule (M-F)

Subject to change 

  6:00                          Zazen

  8:00                          Service

  8:30                          Breakfast/Oryoki

  9:00                          Community Meeting 

  9:15                          Work Period / Samu

10:30                          Personal Time

11:00                          Zazen

  1:00                          Lunch 

  1:30                          Outings/Rest/Exercise*

  4:00                          Zazen/ Dharma Talk

  6:00                          Dinner/Oryoki

  7:15                          Zazen

  8:30                          Close

*Afternoon outings will be scheduled based on weather.